, the presenter who famously stormed off the set of "Good Morning Britain" after being chastised by a co-host, received a barrage of criticism Monday after writing a column in which he called tennis
star Naomi Osaka
a "brat" for refusing to speak to the media to protect her mental health
Tennis Grand Slam tournament organizers announced on Sunday that Osaka, 23, would be fined $15,000 for failing to attend mandatory post-match press conferences at the French Open
. Osaka announced her decision last week, citing mental health, and withdrew from the tournament on Monday, revealing that she had battled depression since the U.S. Open in 2018 and has had a "really hard time coping with t
“So, here in Paris, I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious, so I decided to practice self-care and skip the press conferences,” she said in a social media
Morgan announced on Twitter
Monday morning that his column about "world sport's most petulant little madam" had been published in the Daily Mail
, causing a social media frenzy.
He had gone after Meghan Markle
in a similar manner after she revealed earlier this year in an interview
with Oprah Winfrey
that the pressures of royal life had led her to suicidal thoughts. When Morgan was called out by a “Good Morning Britain” colleague for trashing the Duchess of Sussex
, he walked off the set and eventually left the show.
At the time, Ofcom received tens of thousands of complaints after Morgan questioned Meghan's disclosure about her mental health, saying, "I don't believe a word she says." Morgan routinely refers to Meghan as a brat and has publicly chastised her for years.
Following his latest attack
, he was labeled a hypocrite and a bully, and he was chastised once more for stigmatizing and dismissing mental health concerns, as evidenced by the reactions shown below.
Piers Morgan's reaction when a famous woman sets her own boundaries pic.twitter.com/VFXexr3KkG — KTC (@KieranTCampbell) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan, who walked off the set in the middle of his own show after receiving the mildest possible pushback for his obsessive criticism of a female POC, has some thoughts on how a female POC should honor her professional obligations. pic.twitter.com/UbMP24G4uu — Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan is currently bullying someone for clicks... pic.twitter.com/o4bLQtFX00 — Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan walked out of his studio because he couldn't take mild criticism from his colleague; the man has the most fragile, brittle spirit; he's nothing compared to Naomi Osaka. — Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan: Naomi Osaka is a petulant brat who can't handle criticism. Also from Piers Morgan: pic.twitter.com/NScPkZm2sA — kellie (@kaylochka) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan is a jerk. pic.twitter.com/WVC3UyCrbb — Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 31, 2021
*a woman has an opinion*Piers Morgan emerges from a nearby bin: "ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOT" — TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) May 31, 2021
I'm curious what it is about Naomi Osaka and Meghan Markle that has Piers Morgan so worked up. pic.twitter.com/ls3W3gKHUl — Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan vs. a successful non-white woman episode 3848392910 https://t.co/MChxJyI5AK
— sheepdog (@sheepdogx2) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan using MailOnline to bully a public figure again? I'm curious what the pattern is... — Mic Wright (@brokenbottleboy) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan is starting to trigger my PTSD from all of my experiences with domineering, untalented, blowhard, arrogant men who take out their shortcomings and rejection on the rest of the world. There. I'm "playing the mental health card." — Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 31, 2021
Observation: Piers Morgan is trending Hypothesis: He is once again being a huge doucheMethod: search Conclusion: Yeop — LolWhatInsurrectionHat (@Popehat) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan is a #mentalhealth bigot, with racist
undertones swapping ‘playing the race card’ for ‘playing the mental health card’ - he’s so demented that he sees #MeghanMarkle in #NaomiOsaka and attacks their mental health to silence & discredit them. This is repugnant & reprehensible. pic.twitter.com/n0QnD2eWzv